In Darwin’s Footsteps

Following Charles Darwin, tour, hobart, tasmania

In Darwin’s Footsteps

A series of short leisurely walks retracing Charles Darwin’s climb

We will leave the Tasmanian Visitor Information Centre by bus to Myrtle Gully for a short stroll; right amongst the towering tree ferns beside the trail witnessed by Charles Darwin during his first failed attempt to ascend kunanyi.

We’ll then loop back to the car to continue up the mountain for another short walk out to the Octopus Tree; an enormous Eucalyptus tree with a leggy root system hugging a giant boulder. Yep, just like an octopus!

After another short drive to the Springs we will relax and enjoy a hot refreshment and snack. Back to the car for another short drive to the summit of kunanyi / Mt Wellington where we will take in the sights of Hobart and beyond, marvelling at the range of environments that the mountain offers from the coastal through to the alpine plateau. The tour will finish back at the Tasmanian Visitor Centre.

The Details

tour duration

3.5 hours (9.30am to 1pm or 1pm to 4.30pm)

walk duration

2.5 hours



elevation gain

50m for each short walk






Mon, Wed, Sat.




Includes pick up from the Tasmanian Visitors Information Centre, unless otherwise arranged.

catered meals and snacks

Pastries, fresh fruit, tea and coffee.

choose this walk if

You are after a relaxing sight seeing visit to kunanyi and/or have limited walking experience

fitness level required

You can walk for 3km on uneven ground with some breaks

family friendly?


essential personal gear

Raincoat, drink bottle, warm layer, personal medication.

requirement for doctor's letter

If you are aged over 72, have a heart condition, recent chest pain when exercising, or bone/joint illness which affects your ability to exercise, you must provide a doctor's letter to confirm that you are able to complete this walk.

appropriate footwear 

Supportive walking shoes with firm treaded soles. Dress shoes, high heels, and casual sandals or similar footwear are not appropriate footwear.

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We're closed for the moment.

Wellington Park, home of kunanyi, has closed for walkers because of COVID-19. We'll be back as soon as it's safe for us to operate. In the meantime have a read of our blog or look at the walks we'll be offering as soon as we are operational again. 

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